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Haridwar in Uttarakhand (also known as Uttaranchal) state of India is the place where the river Ganga flowing from the Himalayas joins the north Indian plains and forms an entrance to the various pilgrim centers of India. It is a place which provides Bhakti, Gyan and Mukti. It is the gateway to Hari - Lord Vishnu. It is land of Lord Shiva so the people of the Shaiv community called this place �Hardwar. And this is true, a Haridwar is the first point in the pilgrimage to the heavenly abode of Lord Vishnu at Badrinath and Lord Shiva at Kedarnath respectively. The peace, pristine beauty and divinity of this place is not a matter of expression rather it is a matter of experience.

The sounds of Jai Ganga Maiya, Ganga Maiya ki Jai, Ram Ram, Alakh Niranjan, Har Har Mahadev reverberate the banks of Mother Ganga. The chiming of bells in temples and the Hari naam kirtans make instant connection to the omnipresent Supreme Lord of this Universe.The cool waters of Mother Ganga make the body, mind and soul pure and worthy of God�s blessings.

Haridwar is the first stop for religious scholars and intellectuals. It is the ideal pilgrim place where people from all parts of the world come in search of peace, divine knowledge, devotion and salvation. It is tangible proof of the unique Bharatiya (Indian) culture. The �Matsya Puran� (200�400 BC) also describes the greatness of Haridwar and Ganga. According to the �Skanda Purana� during the religious sacrifice of King Daksha, the father of Goddess Sati and father-in-law of Lord Shiva, when Lord Shiva was carrying the body of Sati on his shoulder then the navel of her destroyed body fell at this place. As a result of this, it became a Shakti Sthal (place of divine power) and natural abode of Goddess Sati. The temples of Maya, Chandi Devi and Mansa Devi are famous in Haridwar.

River Ganga, considered as Mother by the Hindu, is revered and worshiped here. She is the main attraction of Haridwar. Any person who comes on pilgrimage to this place must take a Holy dip in this motherly river. Gods as well as mortals pray to mother Ganga. She is the give of Bhakti, Gyaan and Mukti. She is the Lord in tangible form as is said by Lord Krishna in Srimad Bhagavatgita �Amongst rivers I am Ganga�.

In Haridwar, it is most auspious to take a dip in the holy river Ganga at Har-ki-pauri.There are many places of interest in Haridwar. There are temples, ashrams and other attractions too in Haridwar. The major temples in Haridwar are: Daksh Mahadev Mandir, Bilkeshwar Mahadev Mandir, Nealeshwar Temple, Tilbhandeshwar Temple, Gupteshwar Temple, Guri-Shankar Temple, Daridra Banjan Temple, Dukh Banjan Temple, Dandi-Kundi Soda Temple, Maya Devi Temple, Chandi Devi, Mansa Devi, Sureshwari Devi, Veshno Mata Temple, Vasnti Devi Temple, Vidh-Vashni Devi Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, Pawan Dham Temple, Bhuma Neketan Temple, Indian Temple, Gita Mandir, Shani Dev Temple, etc.Haridwar is a place where saint, ascetics and devotees of God have built dwellings called Ashrams. The major Ashram in Haridwar are: Shantikunj Ashram, Prem Nagar Ashram, Saptrishi Ashram, Bhuma Neketan Ashram, Dudha Dahari Ashram, Jai Ram Ashram, Panjali Yoga Peeth Ashram, Shankar Ashram, Jalandhar Ashram, Bhola Giri Ashram Etc.

Other attractions in Haridwar are: Rudrakesh Tree, Rajaji National Park, Water Park etc.

Rishikesh is very near to Haridwar and is famous for its beautiful banks of Ganga, the hanging bridge � Laxman Jhoola and temples.

Haridwar is well connected to other parts of India by air, rail and road. The nearest airport is at a distance of 40 km at Dehradun. Regular train services are available from New Delhi and other parts of India. For information about train services one may visit the website of Indian Railways www.indianrail.gov.in. Buses ply from New Delhi and other satellite towns surrounding Delhi. Bus service to Haridwar is available from all major towns of North India. For getting information on traveling by bus one may visit the website of states surrounding Uttarakhand. The links are as follows:

1.      Delhi

2.      Haryana

3.      Punjab

4.      Uttar Pradesh

The road distance of Haridwar from major North Indian towns are as follows:


215 km


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